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Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

Introduction

19th session of the Human Rights Council, Room XX © UN Photo/JeanMarc Ferre
19th session of the Human Rights Council, Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva
© UN Photo/JeanMarc Ferre


The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. As of 1 October 2013 there are 37 thematic and 14 country mandates.

With the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), special procedures undertake country visits; act on individual cases and concerns of a broader, structural nature by sending communications to States and others in which they bring alleged violations or abuses to their attention; conduct thematic studies and convene expert consultations, contribute to the development of international human rights standards, engage in advocacy, raise public awareness, and provide advice for technical cooperation. Special procedures report annually to the Human Rights Council; the majority of the mandates also reports to the General Assembly. Their tasks are defined in the resolutions creating or extending their mandates.
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Visual Directory


Directory of Special Procedures Mandate Holders

Special Procedures Visual Directory Accessible 
From 10 October 2013
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Annual Fact and Figures 2013


Annual Fact and Figures 2013

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Civil Society Handbook

Civil Society Handbook

Click here Chapter VI - Special Procedures and the Full handbook here (PDF, 1,28MB)

 

 

 



 

Videos



Final remarks SR, ID on Violence and the Sale of Children
- 25th Meeting, Human Rights Council, 08 March 2012
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Feature stories

High Commissioner for Human Rights - UN Photo

Feature stories about the Special Procedures of the
Human Rights Council.
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Impunidad en Honduras
“La impunidad perpetúa la violencia contra periodistas y defensores de derechos humanos en Honduras”, advierten los Relatores Especiales Frank La Rue y Margaret Sekaggya.

UK / Violence against women
UN expert on violence against women Rashida Manjoo urges the UK to consider the best interests of all women and girls in addressing the specific needs of survivors of violence.

Minority rights in Ukraine
UN Special Rapporteur Rita Izsák calls for stronger minority rights guarantees to defuse tensions in Ukraine and urges all parties to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Mexico / Torture
UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, announces official mission to Mexico (21 April - 2 May 2014).

Djibouti / Eritrean refugees
UN expert Sheila B. Keetharuth hails the release of all Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers, some of whom had been held in detention for more than five years in Djibouti.

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For further information on how to submit communications on alleged human rights violations, please read the webpage on Communications and send your submission to: urgent-action@ohchr.org.